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What are wetlands? How do they contribute to the ecological well being of a city? Do they need to be conserved? And if yes, what are the issues and problems involved? This 3 day course by INTACH aimed at clarifying these basic questions, citing a few case studies and cinching it with an informative site visit.

Day 1: Introduction to wetlands, their functions, values & importance

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Ever wondered why there is so much fuss about groundwater getting scarce by the day and its quality deteriorating like never before ? And does the liquid and solid waste that my home releases into the environment everyday influence groundwater ? These questions and many more were answered in a recent training workshop organized by People’s Science Institute, Dehradun from 12th to 22nd December 2012. The training was conducted with the aim of promoting the integration of hydrogeology into mainstream watershed management with a focus on issues of equity, quality and sustainability. This was the third in this series of workshops organized by PSI after December 2011 and June 2012, with the focus on groundwater management in the Himalayan states of India.

Why a training on managing groundwater ?

A watershed is an area that drains to a common waterway (line or area), such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer , or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. What is generally ignored is the fact that the physical characteristics of rocks below the soil, including their mineralogical and chemical composition, grain size, their sorting and packing and the primary structures have hydrogeological significance in the watershed area.

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Welcome to the World Water Day Events 2011.


 

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An invitation for schools and colleges to participate in a documentation contest on 'The lost lakes of Bangalore'

Lost Lakes of Bangalore A Contest

The Lost Lakes of Bangalore is a project to document Bengaluru’s many tanks and lakes which have vanished with urbanization and growth. As part of this project India Water Portal is organizing a contest for schools and colleges to document this aspect of Bengaluru's history.

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A compilation of news update - October, 2009

Roundup of news - October 7, 2009

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Tuesday assured people that the flood threat, now mostly centered around the Prakasham barrage in Krishna district and Vijayawada, will improve in the next 24 hours.

CWC official pointed at neglect by the Andhra Government of repeated recommendation for flooding of Kurnool town:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5094923.cms

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A book that talks of laws relating to water in India, pertaining to issues on water and proceeds to a discussion of the legal questions that arise.

Water And The Laws In India, edited by Edited by Ramaswamy R Iyer, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Published by SAGE Publications.

Laws relating to water in India have diverse origins, including ancient local customs and the British Common Law. The in-depth chapters in this compendium, written by luminaries from various fields, pertain to issues on water and proceed to a discussion of the legal questions that arise. This volume thus straddles two domains, viz., (i) water-resource policy, management, conservation, conflict-resolution, etc., and (ii) water law. The book also briefly raises and explores the case for a constitutional declaration on water and an overarching national water law.

The book is an invaluable resource for policy-makers, planners and administrators concerned with water at the Central, State and local levels; students, academics and practitioners in the domains of water as well as law; and social scientists, NGOs and activists concerned with the various issues discussed in the book. It should be useful as a main or supplementary textbook in universities and research or management institutions where any aspect of water (engineering, ecological, legal, social, economic, management or other) is a subject of study.

A list of contributors to the book is as follows:

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A manual -for anyone who wants to make good use of rainwater wherever it falls in the landscape.

 Perhaps you are a farmer and you want to practice good water and soil management for your crops and trees, or you own some land and you want to manage it carefully to recharge the groundwater. You may be focusing on what you can do with your own land, or wondering what your community can do, or you may even be thinking at the watershed level. This manual will suggest a number of helpful techniques. Ideally, these techniques should be applied with the cooperation of many people across the whole watershed, but you can also begin with your own land.

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Depleting groundwater a reason for concern- Reports in scientific journals

Two articles in scientific journals recently analyzed satellite data and came up with similiar alarming results for the depletion of India's groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic basin: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/810/1 is an article based on a research paper in the Geophysical Research Letters by a team including geophysicist Virendra Tiwari of National Geophysical Research Insti

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This presentation explains the basics of rainwater harvesting. Calculate the amount of rainwater you can harvest off your roof and design your own RWH system.

Download the presentation from below

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The Wisdom That Was !, captures a very interesting and informative talk by Anupam Mishra, on traditional water harvesting systems of the Rajasthan desert.

This talk is part of a multimedia course series developed by Arghyam for the India Water Portal. The talk is in Hindi, with some subtitles in English.

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